Whether or not Anthony Boone or Brandon Connette starts at quarterback against Miami Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPNU) doesn’t really matter. Both will play major roles in Duke’s game plan as the Blue Devils shoot for their first six-game winning streak since 1994.
Jabari Parker’s immense talents will be enough for Duke to topple many of the opponents on its basketball schedule this season. For the No. 4 Blue Devils to beat the best teams it will face, though, the 6-8 freshman forward will need his teammates to play consistently well. Rodney Hood was the first to admit that early Wednesday morning after No. 5 Kansas pulled away late to beat Duke 94-83 in the Champions Classic at the United Center.
Georgia Tech and Durham’s own Vad Lee have a chance to nail down a share of first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division, and eliminate Duke from title consideration with a win tonight at No. 8 Clemson.
Duke's magnificent freshman, Jabari Parker, turned in a big night in his return to his hometown Tuesday night. ... Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made the plays down the stretch to help his team walk off the floor a winner. ... While Parker led all scorers with 27 points, Wiggins’s 22 points included six points in the final two minutes that allowed No. 5 Kansas to pull away and beat No. 4 Duke 94-83 in the nightcap of the Champions Classic college basketball doubleheader at the United Center.
Notes from Tuesday’s Duke (7-2, 3-2 ACC) football press conference as the Blue Devils prep for Miami’s (7-2, 3-2) visit to Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPNU).
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Two-time All-America guard Chelsea Gray, who had surgery in March after dislocating her right kneecap in February, had 22 points, five assists and a couple of steals in 31 minutes to lead No. 2 Duke past No. 9 California 70-58 on Sunday.
A winning season is ensured and an improbable ACC Coastal Division championship is but three more wins from belonging to Duke as well.
What’s even more improbable, though, is the last two wins in the Blue Devils’ current five-game winning streak came while their vaunted offense has stumbled.
With No. 24 Miami coming to Wallace Wade Stadium for a key ACC game on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPNU), Duke has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games.
Duke (7-2, 3-2 ACC) wants to return to Charlotte, but not for the Belk Bowl. The Blue Devils want to go there and play for the league title. Right now they’re in decent position, tied in the loss column with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Miami in the Coastal Division after Virginia Tech’s 42-24 road upset at nationally ranked Miami Saturday night.
Duke's DeVon Edwards is the first Bowl Subdivision player to score three non-offensive touchdowns in the same game in more than a decade. The redshirt freshman returned a kickoff 100 yards in the third quarter, then returned two interceptions for scores on consecutive throws late in the Blue Devils' 38-20 win against N.C. State on Saturday. ... The last FBS player to score three non-offensive touchdowns in the same game was Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins, who returned three punts for scores against UCLA in September 2003, according to STATS LLC. ... Edwards returned the first interception 25 yards for the score with 3:21 left, then followed with a 45-yarder for a second touchdown 16 seconds later. ... The win helped Duke (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) secure its first winning season since 1994.
Fourth-ranked Duke opened the regular season with a dominating 111-77 win over the Davidson Wildcats at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday night.
Since beating then-No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 on the road Oct. 26, Duke (6-2, 2-2 in ACC) has had two weeks to prepare for another test as struggling N.C. State comes to Wallace Wade Stadium today (4 p.m., ESPNU).
Tar Heels down Orange, to meet No. 1-ranked Maryland in rematch of last year's ACC Championship final which was won by the Tar Heels. Maryland eliminated Duke 3-2 in overtime to advance.
Basically, things are now much simpler for the offense and tougher on the defense as an effort is underway to legislate more open play into college basketball. No. 4 Duke, which opens the season against Davidson Friday (7 p.m., ESPNU) at Cameron Indoor Stadium, has regularly been a team that relies on tight, aggressive defense.